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Independence Matters blog

Welcome to ISCA’s blog Independence Matters, providing accurate information, news and views with a national focus on school funding and other education issues relating to Independent schools.

Gonski on School Governance

David Gonski gives a comprehensive talk on governance and how it might apply to the schooling context now and in the future. From his address to the ISCA & AHISA Education Forum 2018

What is Gonski 2.0? (Updated)

The term “Gonski 2.0” was widely used in the media to describe the Australian Government’s school funding legislative changes passed on 23 June 2017.  But, it actually refers to a review into ensuring that the additional funding provided by the Australian Government is spent on proven initiatives to improve student outcomes.

The review’s final report was publicly released on 30 April 2018.

Independent schools more affordable than financial marketing campaigns suggest

As some financial institutions launch end of school holiday promotions encouraging parents to save for their children’s future schooling by using education savings products, ISCA cautions parents that school fee estimates quoted in the marketing material of these products can be misleading.

Independent schools and the NCCD

Caroline Miller, ISCA’s Director of Policy and Research, explains why the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) was established and what it means for Independent schools.

What is the National School Resourcing Board?

Following the successful passage of the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017, the Australian Education Act was amended to require the establishment of a Board to undertake independent reviews of elements of the school funding model and to ensure states, territories and other approved authorities comply with their obligations under the Act.

Outdated copyright rules costing our education system dearly

While our schools attempt to equip students with the skills of the future, Australia’s copyright laws are stuck in the past. Designed to address the challenges of photocopying in schools, they bear little relevance to education in the internet age.

National Year 1 Literacy and Numeracy Check

The media has recently been running a number of stories and opinions about a proposed literacy and numeracy test for Australian Year 1 students. The following ISCA explainer puts opinion aside to provide an overview of the report, its background, the panel, and its recommendations.

A common myth about the new school funding package

Myth: The Gonski 2.0 school funding package gives big funding increases to Independent schools while funding for government schools goes backwards.

Fact: Under the new arrangements, funding growth for government schools, on average, will be 24 per cent faster than for Independent schools.

What is Gonski 2.0?

Gonski 2.0 has been widely used in the media as a term for the Australian Government’s school funding legislative changes passed on 23 June 2017. But it is not an official term, so what exactly is it referring to?

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